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Ready for some fall 2017 What to Wear to School photos? Can you believe I’ve been posting this series every school year since 2006? If you’ve been reading Design Mom for awhile, you’ve basically seen my kids grow up right before your eyes!

Come see what Olive (10th grade) and Oscar (7th grade) are wearing to school this year.

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Fall 2017 Back to School Outfit #1

Olive is wearing a vintage jumpsuit — a 16th birthday gift from her sister Maude (Maude found it at one of the many vintage clothing stores near the Berkeley campus). It’s probably the coolest thing in Olive’s closet. Fits her perfectly and she loves it. Olive picked up the sandals at Forever 21.

Oscar is wearing jeans, striped tee, and polka-dot button down — all from H&M Kids. Socks from H&M too. His shoes are black Converse.

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Fall 2017 Back to School Outfit #2

Olive is wearing a Wendy’s t-shirt from Uniqlo (on clearance now!), black pants from Zara, checkerboard Vans, and a rad visor (no idea where it’s from). Black bandana from Amazon.

Oscar is wearing a striped tee from H&M, yellow shorts and denim jacket from Gapkids.

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Fall 2017 Back to School Outfit #3

Olive is wearing a red cashmere turtleneck that used to belong to her Great-Grandma Rudi (my grandmother), vintage white Levis from a second hand store, and black boots (from Nordstrom Rack I think — they’re older and I can’t remember).

Oscar is wearing red jeans from Zara Kids, blue tee and sweater with wide stripes from H&M.

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Fall 2017 Back to School Outfit #4

Olive is wearing a black shirt dress from Lou & Grey and red gogo boots from Amazon. The wool black beret was purchased back when we lived in Colorado — we gave all the kids black berets when we told them we were moving to France. : )

Oscar is wearing a band tee (The Who) from AllPosters.com, plus green jeans and a blue hoodie from Primary. (Do you know Primary? It’s relatively new, and focuses on high quality basics for kids in solid colors. Tees, jeans, hoodies, cardigans. It’s become one of my go to sources!) Black Vans on his feet.

And that’s it for Olive and Oscar! Next up: Betty and June in What to wear to 6th Grade and 2nd Grade.

Thoughts? Favorite pieces? Clothing sources I should know about? Where are your teens shopping these days? Do they go shopping with you or on their own? I’d love to hear! 

We did back to school dates this year and I went out one-on-one with each child. We picked out a first day of school outfit, any other wardrobe essentials (like socks and underwear), and then stopped for fro yo or chocolates or whatever treat they were craving. Definitely one of our favorite traditions! And as the kids get into the teenage years, and do a lot of independent shopping, it’s one of the only times we end up shopping together. : )

P.S. — More what to wear to school posts. It’s fun to see how the trends (and the kids!) change over the years.